• 2022 September Graduation Ceremony Held


2022 September Graduation Ceremony Held

    The 2022 Soka University and Soka Women's College September Graduation Ceremony was held on Saturday, September 10th at Discovery Hall in Global Square. Doctoral degrees were conferred to five students in the Doctoral program at the Graduate School, Master’s degrees to fourteen students in the Master’s program, Doctor of Law degrees to two students in the Graduate School of Law, and Bachelor’s degrees to thirty-nine undergraduate students, and Associate's degrees to seven junior college students. This was also the first time that students from the English Medium Program graduated.

    Since 2003, Soka University has held a September graduation ceremony in addition to the usual one held in March. Infection control measures were implemented thoroughly within the venue, and the ceremony was streamed online for parents.

    The ceremony opened with a commemorative performance of “Mother” by Associate Professor Hiromi Adachi of the Faculty of Education, followed by an opening speech by the president of the college, Noboru Mizumoto. Chairman Yasunori Tashiro then read a message from the founder, Daisaku Ikeda. In his letter, the founder praised students for their effort despite the COVID-19 pandemic and congratulated them on their new beginning, saying, “Students of Soka University, you possess a deep sense of mission, and I want you to keep the flames of the fearless, indefatigable spirit of Soka that was ignited here on campus alive as you break through the barriers of youth and society, brightly leading the way to creating value for the peace and happiness of the people of Earth.”

    This was followed by addresses by Malaysian students Ng Lu Yi (Faculty of Letters, Department of Humanities) and Pransh Badia (Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Environmental Engineering for Symbiosis Course) as representatives of the graduating class. In closing, President Masashi Suzuki gave a farewell address and encouraged students by saying, “International conflict, climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic, and other global issues have directly impacted our lives and increased anxiety toward the future. Therefore, I hope that you will use what you have learned at Soka University as a foundation for your future and live lifes of service to humanity, always seeking solutions to the world’s problems.”